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Apprenticeship Update

Summer 2022

Apprentice Employment Agency
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We are part of the Nicholas Associates Group of companies, which includes; Stafforce, Nicholas Associates, Ashley Kate HR & Finance and business improvement services Olano & NA Software.   We are pleased to introduce ourselves to you and share with you our summer update.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, this is an annual event allowing the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health; this year’s theme is Loneliness. the benefit of being part of a wider group of companies means we have access to many resources, this week our partner brand Olano launched a bespoke eLearning course for our teams based on understanding what mental health means and how to identify the different types of mental health as well as how to look after ourselves and others. in addition, our teams have been taking part in various activities throughout this week to raise awareness and check in with each other to help promote good mental health.

We trust that you will find this summer newsletter insightful and hope it adds some value to you and your business. To feature in our next issue or work with us to write guest articles, co-host events or any other queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

The Apprentice Employment Agency

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Grow your own talent!

Are you looking for a solution to your resourcing issues? Have you considered taking on an apprentice? The benefits of taking on a young person into your business are many, here are just a few.


Choosing to hire an apprentice brings a certain degree of loyalty with it. Apprentices are fully aware that you are committing to their long-term future by hiring, and they often pay your business back with their loyalty. Additionally, many apprenticeships take at least two years to complete, so you’ve got yourself an engaged individual committed to learning.


You are committing to training and developing an apprentice and so their skills are present rather than being slightly dated – this ensures they will be completing tasks to the highest standard consistently, in turn providing your business with optimum efficiency.


Business costs are rising as a result of things like the pandemic, with 20% reporting a decrease in turnover in March 2022. Apprenticeships are by no means the ‘cheap’ option, but the apprentice wage is considerably lower than the national minimum wage, and the benefits of hiring one mean they offer fantastic value. With the rise in costs for businesses, the apprenticeship route is definitely something that needs to be considered.


Apprentices are often engaged and motivated as they are receiving on-the-job training that benefits and develops them personally. That means they’re more motivated to want to listen, take on new challenges and perform the tasks given to them. For you as a business, what could be better?

Succession Planning

Hiring an apprentice allows you to plan ahead. You’re investing time and money into them in return for loyalty and the development of an efficient employee. This means you can plan for the future and develop the individual into more senior positions as their training progresses. In a world where nothing seems certain, that solidarity is a potential gem for businesses.

Exam season – time to act

Exam season – time to act

As you may know, the exam season is fast-approaching for young people across the UK – but what does that mean for your business? It means it’s time to act.

Young people will already be contemplating their next step after leaving school or college, and time is running out. This is your chance to provide them with an opportunity to develop themselves in return for their effort, hard work and commitment.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have plenty of time and miss the peak selection period. Many apprenticeships start in September along with the start of the academic year which is just 3 months away!  Now is the perfect time to start considering sourcing your next apprentice, arriving first on the scene significantly increases your business’ chance of attracting the best young talent, so you need to act fast.

National Learning at Work Week

National Learning at Work Week

National Learning at Work Week takes place this month, the theme this year is Learning Uncovered.

Throughout the week we will be highlighting the skills an apprenticeship course can develop, the potential career pathways it opens up and more. We will also be highlighting the key takeaways for our apprentices and the on the job skills they have learnt.

Many companies use this week as a catalyst for change and use it as an opportunity to reinforce their business’ commitment to the development of their employees. It offers businesses the chance to demonstrate they’re committed to developing their teams, so it makes sense to give it some serious consideration. If you’re looking to make a positive change and are considering nurturing your own talent,  get in touch with us today, or head over to our website to find out more.

Apprentice of the Year

We’re extremely proud of the apprentices we work with and take every opportunity to share their progress and celebrate success. Each year we reach out to our clients and training providers and ask them to nominate an apprentice who they believe has gone the extra mile and demonstrated an excellent commitment to learning and developing their on the job skills.  Nominations are then reviewed and an overall winner is selected. Following are some of the nominations from this year…

Ben Langmead – TotalEnergies

“Ben has demonstrated a significant contribution to the success of the team, has been responsible for a number of high-value strategic customers and is always quick to offer help to colleagues.”

Nathan George – DSV

“Nathan is a huge team player, takes on any challenge with a smile and has a good attitude. He has brought new and innovative ideas to the department too.”

Rowan Swinburn – DSV

“Rowan picked things up very quickly at a very busy time. She has a great work ethic and the ability to work under pressure,  we cannot praise her highly enough for the way she has fitted into the team.”

Thomas Danson – DSV

“Tom is an outstanding advocate for the team. He is a quick learner, very eager to please and has ensured smooth day-to-day operation with our customers.”

Chloe Genney – Tronox

“Chloe plays a significant role in the success of the team, has an amazing ability to learn very quickly and is an exceptional role model for others.”

And the winner is…Rowain Swinburn! Her line manager couldn’t praise Rowan enough, the impact she has had on the businesses during her apprenticeship has been huge and that’s why Rowan is the AEA apprentice of the Year for 2022.

Rowan will receive a £50 Amazon voucher whilst all nominees will receive a £10 One for All voucher along with certificates to celebrate their success.

Well done everyone.

Sign-up to our Live Event

Sign-up to our Live Event

Speaking at the recent FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference, Skills Minister Alex Burghart admitted the government ‘must’ increase the number of young people in apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship starts among young people have been steadily decreasing since the government’s levy reforms, with under 19 year olds making up just 20% in 2020/21. Burghart stressed the importance of increasing the number of young people starting apprenticeships and committed to ‘reduce friction’ for small employers using the apprenticeships system.

In light of this, we have a virtual event coming up on Tuesday 21st June from 9.30-10.30am with Jakki Lovewell, our Business Manager. The topic discussed will be ‘Attracting young people back into the workplace’.

Jakki has more than 20 years of experience in the apprenticeship sector, supporting over 100 businesses across the UK to meet their business needs and provide solutions to their employment problems.

The event aims to encourage businesses to discuss their opinions on the reasons behind a falling rate of young people studying apprenticeships and attracting young people back into the workplace.

For more information about this event, please email or call her on 0345 003 0007. If you would like to attend, you can reserve your place below.

Ashley Kate launch 2022 HR events programme

Ashley Kate launch 2022 HR events programme

This month our sister brand Ashley Kate HR & Finance are launching their extremely popular HR Director Boardrooms and Employment Law Updates for 2022. These events are run in partnership with global law firm Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

The first HR Director Boardroom takes place this week, with guest speaker Jacqueline Jardine discussing the topic of ‘Menopause in the Workplace’. This event is fully booked, but if you would like to receive notes following this please email:

There are still places available for their first 2022 Employment Law Update which will be running on Wednesday 18th May from 8:30-10:00am. These events are hosted online and include Case Law updates as well as key changes in legislation. To reserve a place or find out more select the button below.

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Supporting young people

Supporting young people

So, you’re seriously considering hiring an apprentice, but how can you attract the top young talent around? That’s where we come in. We help our clients expand their talent pool and grow their business by providing apprentice employment solutions.

Our four core offers

  1. Apprentice talent attraction (Recruitment)
  2. Outsourced apprenticeship management services
  3. Apprenticeship Levy ROI & implementation consultancy
  4. Apprentice employment services (ATA)

Apprentice employment is not one of the things we do, it’s all we do. for more information you can contact Jakki Lovewell on 0345 003 0007 or visit our website.

And finally....

And finally....

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You can also connect with our Head of Apprenticeships Jakki Lovewell

The Apprentice Employment Agency is part of the Nicholas Associates Group of companies which means our clients can benefit from the broader portfolio of services that our wider Group of companies can offer. We can support your strategic operational goals and contribute to the development of a successful talent strategy; adding tangible value by supporting talent management from Apprentices right through to the Boardroom.

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